18-year-old arrested in Red Line shooting, police say victim ‘not intended target’

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Jermaine Brown

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A suspect is behind bars after a 14-year-old was shot in the stomach on a train on Metro’s Red Line on Sunday.

Metro Transit Police say the victim is the suspected shooter’s half-brother, and that he was not the intended target. Jermaine Brown, 18, has been charged with a single count of first-degree assault. Police found Brown at a motel in Capitol Heights shortly before midnight the same day, and took him into custody.

Police say that that Brown and his brother were riding the train toward Takoma Station when there was an altercation between Brown and three other individuals. They are claiming that surveillance video from about the railcar shows him pulling out a gun and firing multiple times, striking his half-brother in the stomach, as well as the interior of the train.

The three individuals involved in the altercation got off the train at Takoma, reportedly headed to the opposite side of the platform and boarded a train toward Silver Spring. They were earlier identified by MTPD in released surveillance photos on Sunday. Police are still actively working to identify and locate these three persons of interest. Anyone with information on their identify or location should call the MTPD Criminal Investigations Division at 301-955-5000 or text MyMTPD (696873).

The victim was taken to the hospital, and remains in stable condition as of Monday morning.